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Julio's Fort Myers Miracle

miracle.jpgTalk about some timely reporting –

Early yesterday afternoon, 19-year-old Julio Osegueda emerged as the star of President Obama’s town hall meeting in Fort Myers, FL. The enthusiastic McDonald’s employee and college student questioned Obama about employee benefits and later told the President that he had plans to be a broadcaster or disc jockey.

Less than four hours after the conclusion of the town hall meeting, the Fort Myers Miracle sent out a press release announcing that they had hired Osegueda to provide color commentary on their Opening Day radio broadcast. And less than one hour after that, MiLB.com had a story up on the Miracle’s job offer.

This story was written by — you guessed it — me! I spoke with Miracle promotions director Gary Sharp, who then put me in touch with Julio himself. Read it here.

For those who need a little context, here’s the YouTube video of Julio at the town hall meeting:

 

A Raging Keg Party in Fort Myers

miracle.jpgIn last Tuesday’s “Promotion Preview” column, I highlighted the following event:

Fort Myers Miracle (Florida State League)
“Mighty Gonzalez” Keg Lift Record, May 1

By day, David Gonzalez is an unassuming Taco Bell employee. But in the
evening, he often morphs into his “Mighty Gonzalez” alter-ego. When
channeling “Mighty,” Gonzalez performs amazing feats of strength
throughout the Fort Myers area, where he has gained notoriety for his
ability to walk on glass and crush cinder blocks on his torso (don’t
try this at home, kids). At the Miracle’s Hammond Stadium, Mighty
Gonzalez will feed off the energy of an enthusiastic “Thirsty Thursday”
crowd as he attempts to break the Guinness Book of World Record for
full keg lifts. The current mark is 900 over a six-hour period, but
Gonzalez is seeking to accomplish the feat over the course of just nine
innings. I’ll be rooting for you, Mighty. You can do it.

So, the big question at this point is “Did Mighty set the record?” And the answer is…YES! Gary Sharp, the Miracle’s Promotions Director, was kind enough to provide me with the following information:

“[Gonzalez] did the full keg lift of 145 pounds 983 times. He dislocated his shoulder on lift 942 so the final 40+ were difficult. We had a great crowd watching him and I had him save the record breaker of 973 during a between-innings contest. Guinness Book of World Records has to go through the confirmation process, but according to us and him it’s a world record.”

Here’s a photo of Mighty in action:

Mighty Gnz.jpg

And here’s another one:

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Mighty’s the man! According to my calculations, he lifted a total of 142,535 pounds over the course of the evening. That’s over 15,000 gallons of beer!

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